Cozy Up and Read a Good Book at These Local Spots

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These local spots are perfect for relaxing and enjoying an excellent read.

If you're looking to branch out beyond your own couch for reading spots this spring, West Michigan has a bounty of spots ideal for all types of reading. So whether you're ready to dive into the latest celeb autobiography, a steamy romantic fiction novel, gripping true crime retelling, a heavily researched historical nonfiction book or otherwise, these local locations are sure to fit the bill.

Books are always best accompanied with coffee, tea and treats.

Rise Authentic Baking Co.
Located near the corner of Valley and Fulton Street, just east of John Ball Zoo, Rise Authentic Baking Co. encourages patrons to come as they are to their welcoming shop. Offering an array of entirely gluten free, vegan, and soy free baked goods free from all artificial flavors and colors, Rise also partners with Squibb Coffee for their fresh coffee, tea and espresso beverages, perfect for fueling your next reading binge.

Lyon Street Café
Serving up charcuterie, sandwiches and French-style baking with artisanal coffee, Lyon Street Café is a stylish contemporary café tucked in the Midtown neighborhood. With ample seating and lots of natural light, the café is perfect for popping in for next read. There are even craft beer and wine flights available, if your book requires something a little stronger.

For reading with a side of some sunshine and a refreshing breeze.

Outside Coffee Co.
With locations in both Grand Rapids and Saugatuck/Douglas, Outside Coffee Co. brings the nature vibes to the forefront with their outdoor garden and variety of seating options. Walk up the gravel path, order a delicious drink, and enjoy while nestled amongst greenery (now that the warmer months are around the corner). They're also dog friendly, upping your chances of getting to pet a certified good boy while visiting.

West Michigan's Gorgeous Parks and Beaches
It's no secret that West Michigan has a number of outdoor wonders just waiting to be discovered. Grab a blanket (or a hammock) and find your perfect outdoor oasis at spots including riverside at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, by the water at Reeds Lake, on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park, under a tree at Riverside Park and more.

Of course, don't forget our local libraries as a place to enjoy a good read, especially if little ones are reading alongside you! Libraries have long been an important third space in communities for reading, information and connection. Supporting them is always a good idea.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.


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